fontconfig vs. Gnome

Ilmari Vacklin ilmari.vacklin at
Thu Mar 5 13:51:03 GMT 2009

2009/3/5 Alexander Sack <asac at>:
> "Hi, just wanted to tell you that I upgraded to jaunty and now my
> fonts look great everywhere - on all my  monitors, even in all apps I
> use. I am so happy that i don't need to fiddle with font configuration
> - which i previously found to be hidden in the Appearence preference
> dialog. BTW, I looked there now, but I will just leave the 'Automatic
> shapes" checkbox enabled as it seems to do the right thing for
> me. Thanks for your great work!"

I don't much trust this argument, since by default the fonts on Ubuntu
look horrid to me. I prefer disabling hinting altogether.

Is this feature meant for administrators?

In principle it is a good feature, but I would like to make the
fontconfig configuration more obvious: expose a graphical configurator
for it.

Ilmari Vacklin

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